Passenger makes surprising statement about mother 'shamed for using a breast pump on an airplane'

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Passengers Respond to Breast Pump Backlash

After a mother said she was shamed for using a breast pump on an airplane, other passengers on the flight are now speaking up. One passenger claims that the mother, not the flight attendant, may have been out of line.

Mariana Hannaman was confronted by an American Airlines flight attendant while she was pumping breast milk in the bathroom of a plane traveling from Chicago to Phoenix. The incident was captured on video from a passenger's iPad.

In the video, Hannaman is heard saying "I was in there breast feeding" and the flight attendant responds, "You know needed to tell us!" Hannaman claimed that as she used the pump, the flight attendant harrassed her by ordering her to open the door. The mother said that she warned other passengers waiting in the bathroom line that she would be pumping breast milk, but that she did not tell the flight attendant.

Now, one passenger who wishes to remain anonymous is coming forward. The passenger claims that the American Airlines flight attendant did the right thing by confronting Hannaman. She said:

American Airlines has apologized to Hannaman and assured her that its flight attendants always check on anyone who is in the bathroom for a long period of time. They airline says that they have nothing against new mothers pumping breast milk in the bathroom, they just want the heads up.

Hannaman has accepted the apology and said she hopes that flight attendants will be better trained moving forward.

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